Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017|4:12 p.m.
WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump on Thursday revived his assertions that he thought there were “bad men” among individuals who assembled to oppose a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
Trump latest remarks came one day after he satisfied in private with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate’s lone black Republican, at the White House. The 2 discussed the president’s previous remarks blaming “numerous sides” for the violence and death around a Confederate statue.
Recounting his discussion with Scott, Trump told reporters aboard Flying force One on Thursday: “I think specifically because of the introduction of antifa, if you take a look at what’s going on there, you understand, you have some pretty bad guys on the other side also. And essentially that’s exactly what I stated.”
“Antifa” is brief for “anti-fascist,” an umbrella description for far-left-leaning militant groups.
Trump added that more and more people are beginning to agree with him.
“A great deal of individuals are stating– in fact a lot of people have in fact composed, ‘Gee Trump might have a point,'” Trump said. “I stated, ‘You got some very bad people on the other side likewise,’ which is true.”
Trump last month stated there were “extremely fine people” amongst the nationalists and neo-Nazis opposing the possible elimination of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville.
Scott said he told the president that there was no comparison.
“We had three or 4 centuries of rape, murder and death brought at the hands of the (Ku Klux Klan) and those who believe in a superior race,” he told press reporters at the Capitol. “I wished to make certain we were clear on the delineation in between who’s on which side in the history of the nation.”
Scott bluntly criticized Trump for assigning blame in a manner that put white supremacist protesters on equal footing with counterdemonstrators who turned out for the Aug. 12 protests, triggered by Charlottesville authorities’ decision to get rid of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
That remark, Scott said, jeopardized Trump’s moral authority as president.
On Wednesday, Trump informed Scott that he simply implied to convey “that there was a villain on the other side”– to which Scott responded, “The genuine image has nothing to do with who is on the other side.”
Scott continued: “I shared my thoughts of the last three centuries of difficulties from white supremacists, white nationalists, KKK, neo-Nazis, so there is no way to find an equilibrium when you have three centuries of history.”
The president said that he got the point, Scott stated. Asked if the president can restore his moral authority, Scott reacted, “That will take time.”
White Home spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Scott had an “thorough” conversation about the Charlottesville comments, “however the focus was mainly on options moving forward.”
“That was what both individuals pertained to the meeting wishing to discuss,” Sanders said throughout a White Home instruction. “What we can do to bring individuals together, not speak about departments within the country.”
Scott stated Trump also brought up Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who has actually accused Las Vegas police of using racially determined extreme force against him.
Bennett rested on the bench throughout the nationwide anthem prior to Sunday’s video game at Green Bay, among several NFL gamers opposing in assistance of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains anonymous after beginning the demonstrations in 2015 to accentuate cops cruelty against minorities.
“I think he discovered it unsettling and tough,” Scott stated.
This came as a number of professional athletes, activists and celebs signed a letter of support for Bennett.
“Michael Bennett has actually been sitting throughout the anthem exactly to raise these issues of racist oppression that are now an intimate part of his life. Now we stand with him,” the letter stated.
It was signed by Kaepernick; tennis legend Martina Navratilova; academic Cornel West; John Carlos, a U.S. Olympic champion who famously raised his black-gloved fist during a 1968 medal ceremony; and other athletes and activists.